I am being refused hip replacement surgery for problem with cellulitis after cancer surgery in leg and lymph n?

I had malignant melanoma in my leg 20 years ago. I had removal of lymph nodes in the leg causing lymphodema. I am now being refused hip replacement surgery in that leg because of danger of infection. I am to get another op to help. Has anyone any idea what the other operation may involve?

Your doctor recommended another operation and you didn’t ask him to explain what the operation involved? You shouldn’t be asking people here; you should be asking the doctor who is recommending the surgery! Doctors don’t want to do joint replacements on patients who are vulnerable to cellulitis because that bacterial infection tends to migrate to the replaced joint. It can infect the joint so that the patient either needs to have a new hip replacement or needs the hip joint removed entirely. Go back to your surgeon and ask him to explain in detail the operation that he is proposing to do. Ask a lot of questions such as: Why is he recommending this particular operation rather than a standard hip replacement? What are the benefits of this type of surgery? How long is the recovery period? What kind of pain medication will be used to control the pain afterwards? How long will you need physical therapy after the operation? Will you be able to walk again? What are the potential side effects? How many of these operations has the surgeon performed in the past year? In the past 10 years? (You want a surgeon who is trained and skilled in the type of surgery he is recommending.) What are the possible side effects of this kind of surgery? What are the most common side effects? Has he ever lost a patient doing this kind of surgery? The more informed you are as a patient, the more likely you are to get better surgical care.

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  1. Your doctor recommended another operation and you didn’t ask him to explain what the operation involved? You shouldn’t be asking people here; you should be asking the doctor who is recommending the surgery! Doctors don’t want to do joint replacements on patients who are vulnerable to cellulitis because that bacterial infection tends to migrate to the replaced joint. It can infect the joint so that the patient either needs to have a new hip replacement or needs the hip joint removed entirely. Go back to your surgeon and ask him to explain in detail the operation that he is proposing to do. Ask a lot of questions such as: Why is he recommending this particular operation rather than a standard hip replacement? What are the benefits of this type of surgery? How long is the recovery period? What kind of pain medication will be used to control the pain afterwards? How long will you need physical therapy after the operation? Will you be able to walk again? What are the potential side effects? How many of these operations has the surgeon performed in the past year? In the past 10 years? (You want a surgeon who is trained and skilled in the type of surgery he is recommending.) What are the possible side effects of this kind of surgery? What are the most common side effects? Has he ever lost a patient doing this kind of surgery? The more informed you are as a patient, the more likely you are to get better surgical care.
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    Personal experience with cellulitis, lymphedema and hip replacement — and, yes, I DID ask my doctor all those questions!

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